Red Noses at the ready: this year’s Comic Relief promises to be the most spectacular yet. These are just 10 of the many highlights you can look forward to, so get comfy and settle in for a night of top-class entertainment – just don’t forget to donate.
1. Love Actually – The Sequel
For fans of the film Love Actually, this is not just the most eagerly awaited event of Red Nose Day, but the TV highlight of the year. Red Nose Day Actually is a 10 minute sequel that reveals what the main characters, played by Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, Martine McCutcheon, Andrew Lincoln, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy and Rowan Atkinson, are doing in 2017.
2. Big Up The Sheeran Massive
Ed Sheeran will collaborate with Kurupt FM, otherwise known as the stars of BBC Three’s hit comedy, People Just Do Nothing. According to Kurupt FM manager (and nontrepreneur) Chabuddy G, ‘Doing charity is one of the only ways you can make some serious money, tax free! Obviously, it all goes to a good cause ;).’
3. Car share
James Corden will be joined by man band Take That for a special – and possibly rather cramped – version of Carpool Karaoke. But will they do a rendition of Do What You Like?
4. Thanks for the memories
Noel Fielding and Jonathan Ross will look back at some special Red Nose Day musical memories in Fantastic Beats & Where to Find Them.
5. New faces join old favourites
Comedians Joe Lycett, Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan will be making their debuts as hosts, alongside Red Nose veterans including Sir Lenny Henry and French and Saunders.
6. Question time
Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer will resurrect squeaky-voiced duo the Stotts, who were known for asking celebrities a series wildly inappropriate questions.
7. That’s nice
The star of the Beeb’s most popular sitcom, Mrs Brown’s Boys, is promising to add a ‘touch’ of chaos to Red Nose Day.
8. We’re gonna need a bigger sofa
Graham Norton has commissioned a ludicrously long sofa, which will be packed with extra-special guests for a one-off edition of Big Chat Live.
9. When Walliams met Kyle
David Walliams is going to turn the tables on controversial daytime TV presenter (and DNA tester extraordinaire) Jeremy Kyle.
10. Knowing Me Alan Partridge, Knowing You Red Nose Day
Steve Coogan’s alter ego, Alan Partridge, is among the other special guests who will be appearing on the night. You can also expect a reunion of the cast of cult Channel 4 comedy Smack the Pony. As Alan might say, ‘Back of the net!’
Watch Comic Relief 2017 from 7pm, Friday 24 March, BBC One, or catch up on BBC iPlayer